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New leather industrial park in Kenya expected to create 50,000 jobs

Published on April 01, 2016

The Hub’s leather adviser to the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Trade and Kenya Leather Development Council is assisting in the development of a leather industrial park to support finished leather products for export. Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Industry, Investment and Trade Adan Mohamed said, "Kenya’s first leather city will create 50,000 direct jobs for Kenyans...and once in operation, the total value of finished leather products for export is also expected to increase 12 times." As reported by the government’s official website, www.mygov.go.ke.

The Ksh 17 billion, 500-acre park (once completed) is expected to  propel the current Kenyan leather industry from a mere exporter of raw materials and semi-processed hides and skins to a major player in finished leather goods.The Hub’s leather advisor will work with the ministry to ensure that project feasibility is undertaken appropriately, taking into consideration internationally acceptable standards and best practices.

Kenyan’s President Uhuru Kenyatta is expected to launch the Leather Industrial Park in May 2016. Potential investors have started forwarding their Expressions of Interest and all applications are being treated on a first-come first-served basis.

In 2015, the Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Industry, Investment and Trade Adan Mohamed called upon the donor community to assist the ministry achieve its goals within the Kenya Industrial Transformation Program. The leather value chain, textile and apparel sectors are top priorities towards the achievement of the Kenya Industrial Transformation Program.